AGG1 2019: Around Indianapolis: Soldiers & Sailors Monument

By |  January 25, 2019
Soldiers & Sailors Monument. Photo:

Soldiers & Sailors Monument. Photo:

The Soldiers & Sailors Monument, located on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, serves as a symbol for not just the city, but the state of Indiana.

Constructed between 1887 and 1902, the Soldiers & Sailors Monument was designed by Bruno Schmitz. The limestone monument also features sculptures by Rudolf Schwartz, George Brewster and Nicolaus Geiger.

A statue of state of Civil War-era governor Oliver P. Morton, created by Franklin Simmons, was built before the monument and was incorporated into its construction. The three other similarly scaled figures – General George Rogers Clark, Governor William Henry Harrison and Governor James Whitcomb – were created by John H. Mahoney to reflect Indiana’s participation in earlier conflicts.

In the lower level of the monument is the Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, with an observation level 330 steps up or you can take the elevator to step 290 for the cost of just $1 dollar.

Admission to the Soldiers & Sailors Monument is free.

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